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Subject: Re: serial interface uses

Re: serial interface uses

From: George Styles <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 16:30:11 +0100

I think it would be far better to make use of an existing LCD remote (eg,
Sony, or Nomad or somethign) and have a PIC chip act as 'man in the middle'
if needed, or even better have it software driven by Rockbox

There is also the problem of powering the PIC chip, as there is no power out
on the Jukebox


----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Maxwell" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 2:49 PM
Subject: RE: serial interface uses

> > A PIC chip (e.g. the 16F628) has 16 i/o pins and can easily
> > be programmed to talk to RS232 or similar serial device and
> > an LCD display
> > - could such a setup be used as a bi-directional remote?
> I prefer the Atmel AVR chips to the PIC series, but, yes, I would think
> it could work.
> > If rockbox supported a remote of this type, and defined a
> > protocol, a PIC program could be created and remote controls
> > made quite cheaply... any takers?
> I'm not so sure that remotes with LCD displays could be made cheaply by
> amateurs in low quantities. I still think that the best answer might be
> make a cable to connect a Palm series handheld to the Rockbox-equipped
> Then you get a classy, readily available consumer device with a large LCD
> display with grayscale and graphics. The Palm provides a touch-screen to
> which remote control buttons can be assigned as well as several
> buttons on the device itself.
> A Palm Zire can be had brand new for about $89 -- less on sale. Then you
> have a device with has multiple purposes. I already carry a bag to work
> with the Archos, the power supply, the USB cable, the headphones, a
> Handspring Visor, Springboard expansion modules for same (memory
> GPS, and cell phone), wireless headset for cell phone module, and spare
> batteries. The last thing I need is a dedicated remote control. I want
> consolidate functions, not lug additional devices around.
> Regards,
> Fred Maxwell
Received on 2003-09-22

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